“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!   

It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need: 

 

Class Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs. Kirsty Cusack
TAs:  Miss C. Rasbridge, Miss L. Davies,&  Mrs. R. Rees 

PPA Cover: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather!  Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc. 

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are every Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.   

 

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham/ Miss Williams will be teaching the class.  They will  also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time. 

 

Class Topics

The topics for this year are as follows: 

Autumn Term:Glitter and Glow
Spring Term:Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space 

 I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

    

Reading Books

Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day.  Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary.  Regular reading at home will greatly support the work that we do in school.   

 

Homework

Homework will be distributed as follows:
Spelling Words:Sent home every Tuesday  and can be returned at any time during the week.   

Maths:Allocated online every Friday.  Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week. 

 

Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have.  May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year.  Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career! 

 

Regards,
Mrs. Cusack 

What's been happening in Year 2?
  • Rainbow Fish Rights

    This week the Year 2 children decorated their own colourful fish based on the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’, to illustrate how everybody is unique, special and how we all have the same rights. Our fish will be displayed on our class charter, along with the top ten rights and responsibilities as voted for by the […]

  • Safety Soldiers Pupil Voice Group

    The Safety Soldiers pupil voice group met for the first time this academic year. The children voted for our chairperson, vice chairs, secretary and treasurer. In our next meeting we will set our aims for the year and discuss our plans for ensuring the safety of everyone in and around our school. We look forward […]

  • Creating Our Own Stories

    The Year 2 have enjoyed creating their own stories about a little yellow leaf this week. We began by looking at an image from The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. We made predictions about the events before and after the image shown. Then the children worked in small groups to sequence a number of […]

  • Aldi’s Kit for School

    Aldi’s Kit for Schools promotion is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000 to kick-start a health legacy for their school. What’s more, every school who enters by completing their Aldi’s Kit for Schools poster will also receive an exclusive school sports kit! Collect a sticker with every £30 spent in store and […]

  • Our First Week in Year 2!

    The Year 2s have had a fantastic first week. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and have completed lots of activities, including handwriting, discussing their rights, creating our class rules, finding out information about their friends, making bar charts on Hwb showing the information gathered, and discussing what they would like to do […]

  • Our Final 🌟

    Congratulations to our stars this week. We would all like to wish you a happy and safe Summer

  • We Made It!!!!

    Well, the Summer holidays are almost here. We have had a fantastic year in Year 2. The children have worked their socks off and I really hope they are all proud of their achievements. They are all ready for a well-earned rest, and they thoroughly deserve a wonderful Summer! Thank you everybody for your support […]

  • Year 2s Graduate Foundation Phase in Style!

    This morning the Year 2s had lots of fun receiving personalised certificates to celebrate their graduation from the Foundation Phase. What a lovely way to end a wonderful year. Each and every one of them is a star in their own right, and I couldn’t be prouder!

  • What a Treat!

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon down Pontlliw park as a reward for having the best attendance last term. The boys and girls enjoyed spending the money they earned on their enterprise stall in the Christmas fair; they enjoyed choosing treats from the corner shop and they went down very well whilst […]

  • Kerbcraft Presentation

    This Thursday the Year 2s were presented with certificates for their completion of the Kerbcraft road safety training sessions that they have been undertaking this term. Rocky the Road Safety Rooster came along to present the awards with Charlie. They boys and girls were delighted with their achievements. A big thank you to Jane, our […]

  • Experimenting With Circuits

    This week the Year 2s discussed how the lights on a lighthouse work. We chatted about circuits and electricity before the children were set a challenge: work with a partner to make the lightbulb light up. The children enjoyed trying out different circuits and they were delighted when they finally managed to make their bulbs […]

  • Collaborative Learning With Drones

    This week the Year 2 and Year 5 classes worked together to fly drones! The drones have been loaned to us by ERW, and the Year 5 children showed the Year 2 pupils how to control them. What a brilliant session, in which the children demonstrated excellent DCF and collaboration skills.

  • Year 2 Fire Safety Visit

    This week the Year 2s were visited by the Fire Service. They listened attentively as they were told all about the importance of smoke alarms, and they were told what to do in the event of a fire. Super listening boys and girls!

  • Marvellous Lighthouse Models

    The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed making their lighthouse models this week. They followed their designs very carefully, and enjoyed discussing what went well and what they would improve. Super work, Year 2!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Branching Databases

    Year 2 showed excellent ICT skills this week when creating their own branching databases about different forms of transport.

  • Investigating Ramps

    The Year 2 children have been investigating ramps this week. Different groups investigated different questions: Does the height of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the surface of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the weight of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? The children loved making […]

  • Cool Coding in Year 2

    The Year 2 children enjoyed working on their coding skills this week. They were set a challenge after reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, where they had to help Mr. Grinling to park his car in various spaces. They used their knowledge of coding commands to move the car on screen, and enjoyed working […]

  • Super Speech Marks

    Today the Year 2s worked hard when learning about speech marks. They looked at the use of speech bubbles in the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, and worked together to turn them into sentences punctuated with speech marks. We also learned about more interesting words to use instead of ‘said’.

  • Lighthouse Research

    Following on from their work on the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch,the Year 2 children worked hard researching lighthouses. They read lots of non-fiction books on Get Epic, completed anticipation grids before finding out different facts, and used their maths skills to calculate and order the heights of various lighthouses from around the world.

  • Awesome Adjectives

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They worked hard investigating adjectives, and used them to describe the seagulls in the story. The boys and girls then used Thesauri to find lots of other interesting adjectives. Super skills, Year 2!

  • Bont’s Best Books Cluster Event

    Some of the children from Years 1-6 enjoyed representing their classes today in this year’s Bont’s Best Books afternoon in Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. They spoke confidently about the winning books in their classes, and enjoyed presenting some of the work they had done based on the books. Thank you to our class representatives, and a […]

  • Hunting For Features of Reports

    The Year 2 children have been learning about information texts and features of reports this term. This week, they worked hard hunting for features such as labelled diagrams, sub-headings, facts, technical words, captions, pictures, and fact boxes. They are now using all that they learned by using these features in their own reports throughout the […]

  • Worded Problems in Year 2

    This morning the Year 2 children enjoyed solving worded problems. They read very carefully and discussed the language in the questions, deciding whether they needed to add or subtract to find the answers. Super work Year 2!

  • Problem Solving in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been working hard on lots of problem solving skills. They did really well working systematically and showed their workings clearly. Super work, Year 2!

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://www.ictgames.com   Literacy and Numeracy Games

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities

http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/   Educational games across all subjects and topics

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/  Free online educational resources and games

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all#    Oxford Reading Tree free online books

www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!

http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words

http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story

http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own  scary monster poem!